Recently, the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce heard from experts in medicine and health policy about the proposed tax adjustments to tobacco products.
Part of Bill C-31, these adjustments aim to restore the effectiveness of the excise duty on tobacco products by adjusting the domestic rate to account for inflation.
Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease and death in Canada, killing more than 37,000 Canadians each year. Smoking alone is responsible for 30 per cent of all cancers.
Increasing the tax on tobacco will reduce smoking, lessen the pressure on our hospitals, and help save lives. You can read more about the proposed adjustments here
During the committee hearing, I had the opportunity to ask our expert witnesses for input on the federal government’s annual taxing of tobacco. You can catch their responses below.